Fishing the L.A. River – No Joke

Fishing the L.A. River – No Joke

Rosi Dagit was pleased. The environmental scientist was at the banks of the Los Angeles River near North Atwater Park in Atwater Village waiting for anglers to bring over their catches in large orange buckets. “This is the best citizen scientist program,” she said adding that often she’s the one wading in rivers and streams […]

Burbank Mountain Lions – Part III

Burbank Mountain Lions – Part III

There’s a new chapter being written for two SoCal mountain lions that were found almost three years ago under a car in Burbank. Remember them? The two cubs (about three months old) were found under a parked car in early December 2011; residents were poking broomsticks to shoo them away before animal control rescued them. […]

Mountain Yellow-Legged Frogs in a Water-Less World

Mountain Yellow-Legged Frogs in a Water-Less World

You don’t have to be a biologist to assume that California’s epic drought is affecting water-loving critters. Frogs and amphibians lazing and splashing around mountain streams and pools are harder to find these days – especially for those endangered ones like the rare mountain yellow-legs frogs which are on both state and federal lists. A […]

Five L.A. Moths for Moth Week 2015

Five L.A. Moths for Moth Week 2015

Setting the record straight about the butterfly’s lesser respected cousin, National Moth Week  (July 18-26) was created to raise awareness of the unique biodiversity of these winged wonders. Here in Los Angeles, moth-gawkers will be out this week to catch a glimpse of these ‘furry’ flyers. Here’s a short primer on five local lepidropteric luminaries: […]

Finding Trout in SoCal

Finding Trout in SoCal

When he was a kid in the 1970s, Ed Pert used to head down to San Juan Creek in San Diego County and meet old timers there who would talk about a creek so full of fish, ‘you could walk across it on their backs.’ Pert would fish back then with his buddies alongside those […]

Raising Birders – and More – at Leo Politi

Raising Birders – and More – at Leo Politi

The students were breathless. “Mr. Rumble! We saw something in the bush! Come quickly!” Bradley Rumble, principal at Leo Politi School near downtown Los Angeles was intrigued and followed the fourth graders out of the outdoor shady area into their once concrete-and-Bermuda-grass-plot-now-turned-native-plant-and-wildlife-habitat. After all, there *could* be a critter out there. It’s not unusual in […]

Which Way on World Turtle Day?

Which Way on World Turtle Day?

They may not be warm and fuzzy, but turtles and tortoises represent one of nature’s finest adaptions that has lasted these carapace-covered critters for millions of years. Sure birds evolved from dinosaurs, but these creatures are the real deal! Celebrating shelled reptiles from here to Timbuktu is the 14th Annual World Turtle Day (May 23, […]

Food and Fear: How Animals Eat Without Being Eaten

Food and Fear: How Animals Eat Without Being Eaten

(Editor’s note: This guest blog is by Katrina Stenson, an undergraduate ecology student at San Diego State University working on her thesis involving the California ground squirrel, a very common critter in SoCal. Here, she outlines her upcoming research and will keep us posted on what she discovers!) When you’re doing your weekly grocery shopping […]

Not So Secret Garden

Not So Secret Garden

Of course, the new Pollinator Garden at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles would have it grand opening on the first day of Spring, the season of flowers, bees, butterflies (and occasional allergies). With the unveiling of the Pollinator Garden, the NHM’s outdoor nature garden/lab (built on an asphalted parking lot) is now finally complete.

American…and Southern Californian

American…and Southern Californian

Bald eagle adjectives: majestic, patriotic, awesome. And…Southern Californian. Proving that yes indeed SoCal is a diversity hotspot for critters, our national symbol is both a part-time and full-time resident in our mountains and wind-swept open areas. Since the 1990s many migratory baldies make winter pilgrimages to several lakes in Southern California and today, some white-headed […]

Camera Trapping Masters

Camera Trapping Masters

“Science doesn’t belong only to the people who go to school for it, today, it’s available for everyone to become a citizen scientist,” says Denis Callet, a Montrose-based photographer, as he hikes up a secluded trail in the Los Angeles Forest. It’s bright and early on a Saturday morning and Callet is joined by fellow […]

The Urban Whale Highway

The Urban Whale Highway

Just like the crowded 405 freeway, the coastline off of Ventura, Los Angeles and Orange Counties might need to establish some kind of SigAlert with all the marine mammal activity that’s been seen these days. Record numbers of gray whales have been reported by the American Cetacean Society (ACS) LA Gray Whale Census and Behavior […]